Even the White House garden has taken a hit from Washington inaction on the budget, its veggies literally rotting on the vine. Insert metaphor here. But finally, is a deal near? And what are Sen. Ted Cruz's options to keep the spotlight on Obamacare? Also: Keeping an eye on the New Jersey Senate race.
Crabbing season in Alaska is supposed to start on Tuesday. But crabbers and their boats are stuck in port because they can't get the permits they need to begin work. Federal workers who issue those permits are off the job because of the partial government shutdown. David Greene talks to Tom Suryan, a crabbing boat captain, about how the federal shutdown is stalling the issuance of quota permits.
With the debt ceiling deadline looming just two days away, Senate leaders say they're close to a deal that would reopen the government and avert default. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been leading bipartisan talks on a way out of the deadlock. Even if a bipartisan agreement clears the Senate, it will likely be a hard sell to House Republicans.
President Obama postponed a meeting with congressional leadership Monday afternoon to give Senate leaders more time to work on a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. It's being taken as a sign that progress is being made, but the president warned that damage from a default on the nation's debts would dwarf the economic impact of the partial government shutdown.
Melissa Block speaks with Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about the state of the Republican party as the government shutdown continues and the debt ceiling looms closer. Rep. Cole is deputy House whip, in charge of counting and cajoling votes from his fellow Republicans.
Congress and the White House continue to work through the twin fiscal crises of funding for the federal government and the debt ceiling. Steve Inskeep and David Greene explore the dimensions of this massive political drama with Cokie Roberts, who weighs in on political topics most Mondays on Morning Edition, Robert Costa of the National Review, who's been following developments on Capitol Hill, and Terence Samuel of The Washington Post, who has been following public attitudes nationally.